The province of Messina



A panoramic view of Malvagna
Photo © Russotti Carlo Franco

Malvagna (Zip Code 98030) is 260 km. distant from Agrigento, 195 km. from Caltanissetta, 68 km. from Catania, 165 km. from Enna, 87 km. from Messina, which province it belongs to, 230 km. from Palermo, 172 km. from Ragusa, 126 km. from Siracusa, 329 km. from Trapani.

Photo © Giacomo Caruso 


The municipality has 1.097 inhabitants and an area of 690 hectares for a population density of 159 inhabitants per square kilometre. It rises on a mountainous inland area and is 710 metres above sea-level.

The Town Hall is placed in piazza Municipio, tel. ++39 0942-964176 fax. +39 0942-964172.

Main economic activities are agriculture and breeding. Products mostly cultivated are cereals, olives, wine-grapes, corn, legumes. Breedings present are cattle and sheep ones.

Photo © Russotti Carlo Franco 

Convent of St. Giuseppe

Malvagna probably derives its name from the Mallow plan. In 1928 the centre changed its name into Lanza and was jointed to the commune of Mojo Alcantara.

It again took the previous name in 1947 when it became a self governing commune. Inhabited centre was founded by Francesco Lanza in the XVII century.

It became a principality in 1627 on order of Philip IV. It has belonged to Lanzas till up the second half of the XVIII century when it turned into Salvatore Migliaccio.

Photo © Russotti Carlo Franco 

Chiesa Sant`Anna

The most interesting monuments are the Convent of St. Giuseppe and an ancient Palaeochristian Chapel.

An important man original from Malvagna is the scholar Salvino Greco (1930-1997) who wrote numerous essays about Sicilian culture, like "I Santi Patroni di Sicilia", Palermo, Flaccovio, 1982.

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